AgaMatrix Presto Pro Glucometer Review

The AgaMatrix Presto Pro features WaveSense technology, which uses so-called dynamic electrochemistry with proprietary enzymes and algorithms designed to correct common errors, according to the company. While we weren't able to adequately test the device's accuracy, we can say that the AgaMatrix Presto Pro is an excellent glucometer with the most affordable test strips of all the devices we reviewed. Still, it doesn't have a high-contrast display, nor does it store many readings. It's not available in most local pharmacies, but most online stores carry it.

Test-Strip Costs & Availability

Every glucometer uses proprietary test strips, so you also need to consider their availability and price when choosing a device. We evaluated test strips by visiting local pharmacies and online stores. We averaged the cost per strip and found that the AgaMatrix Presto Pro's test strips cost about 24 cents per strip in a pack of 100 and 30 cents per strip in a pack of 50. This makes them the cheapest test strips in our review and some of the most affordable ones on the market. If you test your blood sugar regularly, this glucometer can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

However, the strips weren't available in most of the local brick-and-mortar stores we checked, including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Target. This means you'll most likely have to order them online. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, as long as you order before you run out. One of the most common complaints from users is that they run out of test strips and can't wait two or three days for new ones to arrive. That's why it's important to be able to purchase strips in physical stores.

Design & Features

The AgaMatrix Presto Pro doesn't have a high-contrast display, which may make it difficult to read, especially for people with vision problems. In addition, readings are displayed in very small text — among the smallest text of the devices we reviewed — even though the glucometer has as big display. Moreover, the internal storage can hold only 300 readings, and there isn't a good data-management program to track your levels; the mobile app requires you to enter all your data manually.

Ease of Use

The Presto Pro doesn't require coding, which means there are just three steps in the blood-testing process. It requires a 0.5-microliter sample, which is average, and provides readings within 6 seconds. In addition, it has a test-strip ejector, so you can remove used strips with one hand.

The Final Verdict

The Presto Pro is a solid little glucometer that allows for alternative-site testing with an average blood sample size and wait time for results. It lacks some features that other glucometers offer, including a large and easy-to-read display, but the low cost of test strips makes it a good choice for those worried about the ongoing expense of glucose testing.

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